"The High Chaparral" is often cited as one of the best Western TV series to air on the tube. The NBC show lasted four seasons - from 1967 to 1971. Since I worked in the news department at the NBC affiliate (KVOA) in Tucson (and covered the movie beat with stills and 16mm film) I visited the set many times. I remember once even driving to the airport to film the cast as they arrived together on a short flight from Los Angeles.
I first became obsessed with photography and motion pictures while growing up in post WW2 Manila in the Philippine Islands in the late 1940's/early 1950's. Film noirs were a particular influence.
But my first love remains the theater. I acted in numerous amateur productions from 1958 to 1978. In 1979 I earned a MA in drama from the University of Arizona; earlier getting a BA in English from the University of Minnesota, where I co-founded the first film society on campus and ran it for four years. While at the U of A, I studied with the master black and white photo essayist W. Eugene Smith (1918-1978) the last year of his life. I am the last person cited in Jim Hughes' definitive biography of Gene, as I wrote about attending his final...
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